"USA Park Attendance Results"

The Top USA parks showing history to 2006. 

Every year, the attendance results are released which can be found here.
http://www.aecom.com/content/theme-index/

Most coaster fans look at their favorite parks, then move on.     But it's interesting to track each park over time to see the change in attendance results based on the ride added.     The attendance results come out in June for the previous year.   That's why we're looking at last year.        Click on any link and the RCDB page will appear, then back to return here.  

The Disney parks had slight decreases, Universal parks gained, Sea World parks continued their free fall, and the rest of the parks had modest gains.   If you look at the numbes going back to 2006, you'll see the attendance is rising across the board.      

Magic Kingdom (MK)  
1971 - 10,700,000 (+0.0%) (Park Opened October 1, 1971)
2006 - 16,640,000 (+3.0%) (Pirates of the Caribbean Refurb)
2007 - 17,060,000 (+2.5%) (Monster's Inc.)
2008 - 17,063,000 (+0.0%)
2009 - 17,233,000 (+1.0%) (New Hall of Presidents)
2010 - 16,972,000 (-1.5%) (Electrical Parade Returns)
2011 - 17,142,000 (+1.0%) (Haunted Mansion Update)
2012 - 17,536,000 (+2.3%) (Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom)
2013 - 18,588,000 (+6.0%) (A Pirate's Adventure Princess Fairytale Hall)
2014 - 19,332,000 (+4.0%) (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train)
2015 - 20,492,000 (+6.0%) (Construction Updates, Hub, Pirates Rehab)
2016 - 20,395,000 (-0.5%) (Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire Show)
2017 - 20,450,000 (+0.3%) (Happily Ever After Fireworks Show, Tron Light Cycles, New Mainstreet Theater Announced)
2018 - (Tron Light Cycles Construction)
2019 - (Broadway Show)
A slight increase for 2017.     The brainwashing continues.     Babies grow up in Disney decorated rooms, and the moms want to go back over and over.   Cedar Fair has Snoopy characters in their park.   How many babies grow up in Snoopy rooms?    A few.   Six Flags has DC Comic characters.   Do you have DC posters on the walls of your baby room?   I doubt it.      Disney and Universal are building "worlds" compared to the other park chains that are adding single rides.    

Disney Land (DL)
1955 - 01,000,000 (+0.0%) (Park Opened July 17, 1955)
2006 - 14,730,000 (+1.2%) (Pirates of the Caribbean Refurb)
2007 - 14,800,000 (+1.0%) (Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage)
2008 - 14,721,000 (-1.0%) (Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough)
2009 - 15,900,000 (+8.0%) (New fireworks show Magical)
2010 - 15,900,000 (+0.0%)
2011 - 16,100,000 (+1.0%) (Star Tours - The Adventures Continue)
2012 - 15,900,000 (-1.1%)
2013 - 16,202,000 (+1.5%) (Fantasy Fair)
2014 - 16,769,000 (+3.5%)
2015 - 18,278,000 (+9.0%) (Matterhorn Bobsled Snowman Update, Peter Pan Update)
2016 - 17,943,000 (-1.8%) (Star Wars Construction)
2017 - 18,300,000 (+2.0%) (Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Construction)
2018 - (Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Construction) (Pixar Fest Fireworks Show)
2019 - (Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Opens, Summer)
2021 - (Four Diamond Hotel Resort)
A slight increase for 2017 while they continue to build Star Wars World.   More brainwashing.     


Disney's Animal Kingdom (AK)
1998 - Park Opened April 22, 1998
2006 - 8,910,000 (+8.6%)
2007 - 9,490,000 (+6.5%) (Finding Nemo)
2008 - 9,540,000 (+0.5%)
2009 - 9,590,000 (+0.5%)
2010 - 9,680,000 (+1.0%)
2011 - 9,780,000 (+1.0%) (Wild Life Animal Trek)
2012 - 9,990,000 (+2.2%)
2013 -10,198,000 (+2.0%)
2014 -10,402,000 (+2.0%) (New Festival of the Lion King Theater)
2015 -10,992,000 (+5.0%) (Avatar Land Construction)
2016 -10,844,000 (-0.7%) (Rivers of Light, The Tree of Life Awakens, Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark)
2017 -12,500,000 (+15.3%) (Avatar Land)
2018 - (Up - A Great Bird Adventure)
2019 - (Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party)
Jumped ahead of Epcot in 2017 because of Avatar Land.      

Epcot (EP)
1982 - Park Opened October 1st, 1982.   
2006 - 10,460,000 (+5.5%)
2007 - 10,900,000 (+4.5%) (The Seas with Nemo and Friends)
2008 - 10,935,000 (+0.0%) (Spaceship Earth Update)
2009 - 10,900,000 (+0.0%) (Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure)
2010 - 10,800,000 (-1.5%) (Captain EO)
2011 - 10,800,000 (+0.0%)
2012 - 11,000,000 (+2.2%) (Agent P's World Showcase Adventure, Test Track 2.0)
2013 - 11,229,000 (+1.5%)
2014 - 11,454,000 (+2.0%)
2015 - 11,798,000 (+3.0%) (Frozen Ever After and Soarin' Construction)
2016 - 11,712,000 (-0.7%) (Frozen Ever After and Soarin' Around The World)
2017 - 12,200,000 (+4.2%) (Announcements, Ratatouille in France Pavilion Construction, Gardians of Galaxy to replace Universe of Energy, New Space Theme Restaurant, New Mission Space Film)

2018 - (Ratatouille Attraction in France Pavilion Construction, Gardians of the Galaxy Construction)
2019 - (Reflections of Earth to end, new night time show to replace it)
2021 - (Guardians Of The Galaxy Coaster)
Nothing for 2017 but the big announcements which came out at the D23 expo in July of 2017.       

Disney's Hollywood Studios (ST)

1989 - Park Opened May 1, 1989
2006 - 9,100,000 (+5.0%)
2007 - 9,510,000 (+4.5%)
2008 - 9,608,000 (+0.5%) (Toy Story Mania)
2009 - 9,700,000 (+1.0%) (American Idol Experience)
2010 - 9,600,000 (-1.0%)
2011 - 9,690,000 (+1.0%) (Star Tours 2)
2012 - 9,910,000 (+2.2%)(The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow)
2013 -10,110,000 (+2.0%) (Disney Junior Update)
2014 -10,312,000 (+2.0%)
2015 -10,828,000 (+5.0%) (Great Movie Ride Update)
2016 -10,776,000 (-0.5%) (Toy Story 3rd Track, Star Wars Show)
2017 -10,722,000 (-0.5%) (Toy Story Land, Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Construction, Great Movie Ride Closed)
2018 - (Toy Story Land to open in the Summer, Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Construction, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway Construction)
2019 - (Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Opens Late Fall, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway Construction)
Construction walls and dead ends everywhere, yet people are still visiting.   Updates I see on Youtube show walls with people taking pictures in front of them.    Will Universal Orlando catch this park before Star Wars and Toy Story open?   We'll see next year as the construction seems like it will never end.        


Universal Studios Florida (USF)
1990 - Park Opened June 7th, 1990
2006 - 6,000,000 (+1.2%)
2007 - 6,200,000 (+3.3%)  (Diaster)
2008 - 6,231,000 (+0.5%)  (The Simpsons)
2009 - 5,530,000 (-10.0%) (Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket)
2010 - 5,930,000 (+6.1%)
2011 - 6,044,000 (+2.0%)
2012 - 6,195,000 (+2.5%) (Despicable Me)
2013 - 7,062,000 (+14%) (Transformers)
2014 - 8,263,000 (+17%) (Diagon Alley, Hogwarts Express)
2015 - 9,585,000 (+16%) (NBC Media Center Building)
2016 - 9,998,000 (+4.3%) (Kid Zone Revamp)
2017 - 10,198,000 (+2.0%) (Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon)
2018 - (Fast and Furious Supercharged)
2019 - (Nighttime Lagoon Spectacular)
2021 - (Super Nintendo World)
Universal jumped ahead of DCA for 2015.    IOA is not far behind in 2016, the attendance at both parks is almost identical since most visit both parks for HP.      A Disney like effect when it comes to brainwashing.      It may not start at the baby age (room decorations), but it certainly happens as the kids grow up, read the books, and watch the movies.  

Disney's California Adventure (DCA)
2001 - Park Opened February 8th, 2001
2006 - 5,950,000 (+2.1%)
2007 - 5,680,000 (-4.5%)
2008 - 5,560,000 (-2.0%) (Toy Story Mania)
2009 - 6,050,000 (+9,5%) (Mickey's Fun Wheel)
2010 - 6,270,000 (+3.0%) (World of Color)
2011 - 6,340,000 (+1.0%) (The Little Mermaid)
2012 - 7,770,000 (+22.6%) (Cars Land)
2013 - 8,514,000 (+9.5%) (Disney Junior Update)
2014 - 8,769,000 (+3.0%)
2015 - 9,383,000 (+7.0%) (Luigi's Flying Tires Rehab)
2016 - 9,295,000 (-0.9%) (Soarin' Around The World Update)
2017 - 9,574,000 (+3.0%) (Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout!)
2018 - (Pixar Pier, Paint The Night Parade)
2019 - (Marvel Land Construction)
2020 - (Marvel Land)
Jumped ahead of IOA in 2017 after Dropping behind USF in 2015 and IOA in 2016.    Not much happening, and even the update of ToT is basically the same ride for 2017.    I'd call DCA the step child park of Disney in the USA.      If they continue the neglect, then IOA might jump ahead next year.     Then again, DL is going to draw a ton of people when Star Wars opens, while IOA counters with the Forbidden Forest ride.          

Islands Of Adventure (IOA)
1999 - Park Opened May 28th, 1999
2006 - 5,300,000 (+4.8%)
2007 - 5,430,000 (+2.5%)
2008 - 5,297,000 (-2.4%)
2009 - 4,627,000 (-11%)
2010 - 5,949,000 (+30%) (Harry Potter Shopping Mall)
2011 - 7,674,000 (+29%)
2012 - 7,981,000 (+ 4.0%) (Spiderman Upgrade)
2013 - 8,141,000 (+2.0%)
2014 - 8,141,000 (+0.0%)
2015 - 8,792,000 (+8.0%) (Metal Detectors on Coasters)
2016 - 9,362,000 (+6.5%) (Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Hulk Update)
2017 - 9,549,000 (+2.0%) (Dragon Challenge Closed)
2018 - (Forbidden Forest Construction)
2019 - (Forbidden Forest to Open)
IOA jumped ahead of DCA in 2016, but then flipped back for 2017.     

Universal Studios Hollywood (USH)
1964 - Park Opened July 15th, 1964
2006 - 4,700,000 (+0.0%)
2007 - 4,700,000 (+0.0%) (House of Horrors)
2008 - 4,583,000 (-4.5%) (The Simpsons)
2009 - 4,300,000 (-6.0%) (Creature From The Black Lagoon Musical)
2010 - 5,040,000 (+26.0%) (King Kong 360 3-D)
2011 - 5,140,000 (+2.0%) (Jimmy Fallon Hosts Backlot Studio Tour)
2012 - 5,910,000 (+15.0%) (Transformers The Ride)
2013 - 6,148,000 (+4.0%)
2014 - 6,824,000 (+11.0%) (Despicable Me Minion Mayhem)
2015 - 7,097,000 (+4.0%) (Fast and Furious Supercharged)
2016 - 8,086,000 (+13.9%) (Harry Potter Shopping Mall)
2017 - 9,056,000 (+12.0%) (Resort Hotel) (Shrek 4D Closing)
2018 - (Dreamworks Theater - Kung Fu Panda)
2019 - (Jurassic World Upgrade)
Huge increase with the opening of HP.    Similar attendance numbers of USF and IOA.   
    

Knotts Berry Farm (KBF)
1920 - Park Opened June 19th, 1920
2006 - 3,670,000 (+2.0%)
2007 - 3,630,000 (-1.0%) (Sierra Sidewinder)
2008 - 3,565,000 (-1.8%) (Pony Express)
2009 - 3,333,000 (-6.5%) (Pink’s)
2010 - 3,600,000 (+8.0%) (Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular)
2011 - 3,654,000 (+1.5%) (Windseeker)
2012 3,508,000 (-4.0%) (General Improvements, Perilous Plunge Closes)
2013 - 3,683,000 (+5.0%) (Board Walk Expansion, Coast Rider)
2014 - 3,683,000 (+0.0%) (Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer)
2015 - 3,867,000 (+5.0%) (Voyage To the Iron Reef)
2016 - 4,014,000 (+3.8%) (GhostRider Update by GCI)
2017 - 4,034,000 (+0.5%) (Soak City Expansion, Sol Spin Top Scan, Ghost Town Alive)
2018 - (Hangtime)
Jumped ahead of SWO and BGT in 2017.    Jumped ahead of SWSD in 2015.            This is the 10th park in the list.   The big 9 are Disney and Universal by a huge difference and then everyone else.    That's why I wish they would show more parks in the USA list.  

Sea World Orlando (SWO)
1973 - Park Opened December 15th, 1973
2006 - 5,740,000 (+2.5%)
2007 - 5,800,000 (+1.0%) (Sea Carousel)
2008 - 5,926,000 (+2.9%) (Aquatica) (In-Bev Steals the Busch Parks)
2009 - 5,800,000 (-6.8%) (Manta) (In-Bev Spins off Parks to Blackstone)
2010 - 5,100,000 (-12.1%) (Omaka Rocka) (Tilikum kills a trainer)
2011 - 5,202,000 (+2.0%) (One Ocean Show)
2012 - 5,358,000 (+3.0%) (Turtle Trek at DC)
2013 - 5,090,000 (-5.0%) (Antarctica) (Blackfish Movie)
2014 - 4,683,000 (-8.0%) (Ihu's breakway Falls at Aquatica)
2015 - 4,777,000 (+2.0%) (Firings, Revamped Shows)
2016 - 4,402,000 (-7.9%) (Mako)
2017 - 3,962,000 (-10.0%) (Kraken VR, removed in 2018)
2018 - (JTA Rehab, Infinity Falls)
2019 - (Sesame Street Land)
2020 - (Launched Coaster)
A real bummer for 2017 considering they opened Mako in 2016 and the Penguin ride is popular.   This park and BGT dropped below 4 million in 2017.                    

Busch Gardens Tampa (BGT)
1959 - Park Opened March 31st, 1959
2006 - 4,360,000 (+1.5%)
2007 - 4,400,000 (+1.0%) (Sheikra Goes Floorless)
2008 - 4,410,000 (-2.1%) (Jungala) (In-Bev Steals the Busch Parks)
2009 - 4,100,000 (-12.3%) (In-Bev Spins Off Parks to Blackstone)
2010 - 4,200,000 (+2.4%) (Air Grover)
2011 - 4,284,000 (+2.0%) (Cheetah Hunt)
2012 - 4,348,000 (+1.5%) (Iceploration)
2013 - 4,087,000 (-6.0%) (Madagascar Live) (Blackfish Movie)
2014 - 4,128,000 (+1.0%) (Falcon’s Fury)
2015 - 4,252,000 (+3.0%) (Firings, Falcon's Fury actually opens)
2016 - 4,169,000 (-2.0%) (Cobra’s Curse)
2017 - 3,961,000 (-5.0%) (Jungala Closed)
2018 - (Free Beer Samples Return, New Beer Club)
2019 - (Tigris, Sky Rocket II)
2020 - (RMC Conversion of Gwazi)
A bigger decrease for 2017 dropping below 4 million.    A unique Mack spinning coaster with an elevator lift.   I visited this park in September of 2017.   Cheetah Hunt had the longest line in the park.   What does that tell you?  Intamin rules.        Free beer samples returned in 2018, In-Bev stopped them in 2008.      Do not drink Budweiser.    In-Bev ruined the Busch parks with their hostile take over.    They wanted nothing to do with the parks, only wanted the Budweiser brand.   Well, they got it, and now the beer is no longer "American" even if it's made in the USA.    They spun the parks off to Blackstone like trash, and things have never been the same.   Drink local craft beers.     RMC conversion of Gwazi on the way for 2020.  

Canadas Wonderland (CW)
1981 - Park Opened May 23rd, 1981
2006 - 3,230,000 (+2.0%)
2007 - 3,250,000 (+0.5%) (New Restaurants)
2008 - 3,380,000 (+4.0%) (Behemoth)
2009 - 3,160,000 (-6.5%)
2010 - 3,380,000 (+7.0%) (Boo Blasters on Boo Hill)
2011 - 3,480,000 (+3.0%) (Windseeker)
2012 - 3,650,000 (+5.0%) (Leviathian)
2013 - 3,582,000 (-2.0%)
2014 - 3,546,000 (-1.0%) (Wonder Mountain's Guardian)
2015 -
 3,617,000 (+2.0%) (Slingshot Upcharge Ride)
2016 - 3,723,000 (+2.9%) (Skyhawk and Flying Eagles)
2017 - 3,760,000 (+1.0%) (Soaring Timbers Flat Ride)
2018 - (Lumberjack)
2019 - (Yukon Striker)
Top seasonal park on the list in the 13th position, also jumped ahead of SWSD in 2015.  

Cedar Point (CP)
1870 - Park Opened in 1870 as a Beer Garden and Bathing Beach
1960 - 1,000,000 (reached 1 million for the first time)
1965 - 2,000,000 (reached 2 million for the first time)
1975 - 3,000,000 (reached 3 million for the first time)
1976 - 3,065,000 (New Record, Corkscrew Opened)
1977 - 2,868,000 (Witches Wheel)
1999 - 3,300,000 (Camp Snoopy)
2000 - 3,430,000   (+ 4.0%) (Millennium Force) (Six Flags buys Geauga Lake, Six Flags Ohio)
2001 - 3,100,000   (-10.0%) (Vertigo, Lighthouse Point) (Six Flags Buys Sea World Ohio, now called SFWoA)
2002 - 3,250,000   (+ 5.0%) (Wicked Twister)
2003 - 3,300,000   (+ 2.0%) (Top Thrill Dragster)
2004 - 3,200,000   (– 4.0%) (Splash City) (Cedar Fair buys SFWoA,renamed Geauga Lake)
2005 - 3,100,000   (– 3.0%) (MaXair) (Sea World side turns into Wild Water Kingdom at GL)
2006 - 3,070,000   (– 2.5%) (SkyHawk) (Cedar Fair buys Kings Island on June 30th, 2006)
2007 - 3,118,000   (+ 1.5%) (Maverick) (Geauga Lake Closes Forever on September 16th, 2007) (Recession)
2008 - 3,198,000   (+ 2.5%) (Planet Snoopy) (Only Wild Water Kingdom is open at GL) (Recession)
2009 - 2,942,000   (- 8.0%) (Starlight Experience) (Recession)
2010 - 3,051,000   (+ 3.7%) (Shoot The Rapids)
2011 - 3,143,000   (+ 3.0%) (Wind Seeker)
2012 - 3,221,000   (+ 2.5%) (Dinosaurs)
2013 - 3,382,000   (+ 5.0%) (GateKeeper)
2014 - 3,247,000   (- 4.0%) (Pipe Scream, Lake Erie Eagles)
2015 - 3,507,000   (+8.0%) (Rougarou, new Maverick restraints)
2016 - 3,604,000   (+2.8%) (ValRavn) (Wild Water Kingdom Closes Forever on September 5th, 2016)
2017 - 3,604,000  (+0.0%) (Soak City Expansion rebranded as Cedar Point Shores)
2018 - (Steel Vengeance, Witches Wheel Closes, Dinosaurs Alive Closes)
2019 - (Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island)
Jumped ahead of SWSD for 2016.     Rode Valravn in June of 2016.    Ranks 3rd behind Sheikra and Griffon in my Dive Machine category because of The Vest.    Huge crowds for Valravn with wait times over 1 hour.      Regarding the last attendance number, this is another record.     In my previous report, I talked about what could be causing the increase in attendance.   I think it's the over all experience, upgraded resort hotels, and Steel Vengeance opened in 2018.   

Kings Island (KI)
1972 - Park Opened April 29th, 1972
2006 - 3,050,000 (-1.5%) (Cedar Fair Buys All Paramount Parks on June 30th, 2006) (Renamed Kings Island in 2007)
2007 - 3,050,000 (+0.0%) (Firehawk)  (Geauga Lake Closes Forever on September 16th, 2007) (Recession)
2008 - 3,120,000 (+2.5%) (General Improvements) (Only Wild Water Kingdom is open at GL) (Recession)
2009 - 3,000,000 (-4.0%) (Diamond Back) (Recession)
2010 - 3,112,000 (+3.7%) (Planet Snoopy)
2011 - 3,143,000 (+1.0%) (Windseeker)
2012 - 3,206,000 (+2.0%) (Soak City Improvements)
2013 - 3,206,000 (+0.0%) (Dinosaurs Alive, New shows)
2014 - 3,238,000 (+1.0%) (Banshee)
2015 - 3,335,000 (+3.0%) (Snoopy Space Buggies, Woodstock Gliders)
2016 - 3,384,000 (+1.5%) (Tropical Plunge Water Slide Tower) (Wild Water Kingdom Closes Forever on September 5th, 2016)
2017 - 3,469,000 (+2.5%) (Mystic Timbers)
2018 - (New Diamond Back Seats, Firehawk Closes)
2019 - (Antique Cars)
A nice increase after Mystic Timbers opened in 2017 winning best new ride in the GTAs.     

Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM)
1971 - Park Opened May 29th, 1971
2006 - 2,550,000 (-10%) (Tatsu)
2007 - (Johnny Rockets)
2008 - (X2)
2009 - 2,500,000 (-2.5%) (Terminator Salvation)
2010 - 2,600,000 (+4.0%) (Mr. Six’s Dance Coaster and Splash Land)
2011 - 2,700,000 (+3.9%) (Green Lantern)
2012 - 2,808,000 (+4.0%) (Lex Luthor Drop of Doom)
2013 - 2,906,000 (+3.5%) (Full Throttle)
2014 - 2,848,000 (-2.0%) (Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers)
2015 - 3,104,000 (+9.0%) (Twisted Colossus)
2016 - 3,332,000 (+7.3%) (The New Revolution)
2017 - 3,365,000 (+1.0%) (Justice League Battle For Metropolis)
2018 - (Crazanity)
2019 - (West Coast Racers)
A small gain to keep the 16th spot in 2017.             

Hershey Park (HP)
1906 - Park Opened May 30th, 1906
2006 - 2,690,000 (-0.4%)
2007 - 2,940,000 (+9.2%) (Boardwalk, Water Attractions)
2008 - 2,840,000 (-4.4%) (Fahrenheit)
2009 - 2,807,000 (-1.2%) (Boardwalk Seaquell, Water Attractions)
2010 - 2,891,000 (+3.0%)
2011 - 2,949,000 (+2.0%)
2012 - 3,140,000 (+6.5%) (Skyrush)
2013 - 3,180,000 (+1.3%) (Boardwalk Expansion)
2014 - 3,212,000 (+1.0%) (Cocoa Cruiser)
2015 - 3,276,000 (+2.0%) (Laff Trakk)
2016 - 3,276,000 (+0.0%) (Hershey Water Works at Hershey Lodge)
2017 - 3,301,000 (+0.8%) (Triple Tower)
2018 - (Breakers Edge, Whitecap Racers)
2019 - (Reese's Cupfusion)
2020 - (Chocolatetown, B&M Hyper???)

Dropped behind SFMM for 2016, stayed in the same spot for 2017.   Not much happening here in terms of a thrill coaster, but a new entrance and coaster for 2020.           

Six Flags Great Adventure (SFNJ)
1974 - Park Opened July 1st, 1974
2006 - 2,730,000 (-8.0%)
2007 - 2,720,000 (-.5%) (Wiggle's World)
2008 - 2,760,000 (+1.5%) (The Dark Night)
2009 - 2,630,000 (-4.6%) (Bizarro)
2010 - 2,700,000 (+2.5%) (Water park attraction Tornado)
2011 - (Green Lantern)
2012 - (Sky Screamer)
2013 - 2,800,000 (+5.7%) (Safari)
2014 - 2,800,000 (+0.0%)  (Zumanjaro)
2015 - 3,052,000 (+9%) (El Diablo)
2016 - 3,220,000 (+5.5%) (The Joker S&S)
2017 - 3,236,000 (+0.5%) (Justice League Battle For Metropolis)
2018 - (Cyborg Cyber Spin)
2019 - (Wonder Woman Lasso Of  Truth)
A small increase to stay in the 18th spot.               

Sea World San Diego (SWSD)
1964 - Park Opened March 21st, 1964
2006 - 4,260,000 (+4.0%)
2007 - 4,260,000 (+0.0%) (Shamu Rocks)
2008 - 4,140,000 (-2.7%) (Lights Camera Imagination 4D) (In-Bev Steals the Busch Parks)
2009 - 4,200,000 (-12.6%) (In-Bev Spins Off Parks to Blackstone)
2010 - 3,800,000 (-9.5%) (Blue Horizons)
2011 - 4,290,000 (+13.0%)
2012 - 4,440,000 (+3.5%) (Manta)
2013 - 4,311,000 (-3.0%) (Madagascar Live, Aquatica) (Blackfish Movie)
2014 - 3,794,000 (-12.0%) (Explorer's Reef)
2015 -
 3,528,000 (-7.0%) (Blue World Construction Begins)
2016 - 3,600,000 (+1.0%) (End Killer Whale Breeding)
2017 - 3,100,000 (-13.9%) (Ocean Explorer Sub Ride, 4 Flat Rides)
2018 - (Electric Eel) 
2019 - (3 flat rides, Huss Airboat, Zamperla Midi-Discovery, Tidal Twister Skywarp)
In an article posted 04/06/18, it was noted that attendance for 2017 dropped 14% to 3.1 million.   
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/tourism/sd-fi-seaworld-attendance-20180404-story.html   

They need the free beer samples back, and to get rid of animals that refuse to be domesticated by humans.    This goes for the Busch parks as well.   For the 2017 number, this drops the park 4 positions into the 19th spot.   This doesn't look good for the Sea World Entertainment parks as we are watching them free fall out of the top 20.    They need a corporate sponsor, an American craft brewery, and to get rid of the orcas now.   

Six Flags Great America (SFGAm)
1976 - Park Opened May 29th, 1976
2006 - 2,620,000 (-8.0%)
2007 - 2,630,000 (+.05%) (Wiggles World)
2008 - 2,660,000 (+1.5%) (The Dark Knight)
2009 - 2,500,000 (-6.3%) (Buccaneer Battle)
2010 - 2,700,000 (+10.0%) (Little Dipper)
2011 - (Riptide Bay)
2012 - (X-Flight)
2013 - (Batman Backwards)
2014 - (Goliath)
2015 -
 (40 Seasons Celebration)
2016 - 2,950,000 (+5.6%) (Justice League: Battle for Metropolis)
2017 - 3,039,000 (+3.0%) (The Joker S&S)
2018 - (Larson Looper)
2019 - (Maxx Force)
Jumped ahead of BGW for 2016 and stays in the 20th position for 2017 with a nice increase.    

Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW)
1975 - Park Opened May 16th 1975
2006 - (Emerald Beat and Kinetix)
2007 - 3,150,000 (+12.5%) (Griffon)
2008 - 3,090,000 (-2.0%) (In-Bev Steals the Busch Parks)
2009 - 2,900,000 (-3.7%) (Sesame Street 4D)  (In-Bev Spins Off Parks to Blackstone)
2010 - 2,800,000 (-3.4%) (Europe In The Air)
2011 - 2,740,000 (-2.0%) (Mach Tower)
2012 - 2,850,000 (+4.0%) (Verbolten)
2013 - 2,726,000 (-4.5%) (Blackfish Movie)
2014 - 2,699,000 (-1.0%) (London Rocks Show)
2015 -
 2,780,000 (+3.0%) (Tempesto)
2016 - (Brauhaus Craft Beer Room and New Show)
2017 - (InvadR)
2018 - (Battle of Eire)
2019 - (Finnegan's Flyer S&S Swing)
Dropped out of the top 20 for 2016.    Once again, bring back the free beer samples with a local American Craft Brewery.     Boycott all In-Bev brands.         

Six Flags Over Texas (SFoT)
1961 - Park Opened August 5th, 1961
2006 - (10 rides, 45th anniversary)
2007 - (Coobrilla, Aquarman)
2008 - (Tony Hawk's Big Spin)
2009 - (Glow In The Park)
2010 - 2,600,000 (+0.0%) (Robots of Mars)
2011 - 2,600,000 (+0.0%) (New Texas Giant)
2012 - 2,670,000 (+3.0%) (Mr Freeze: Reverse Blast)
2013 - (Texas Skyscreamer)
2014 - (Bugs Bunny Boomtown)
2015 -
 (Justice League Battle For Metropolis)
2016 - (3 Flat Rides, Riddler's Revenge, Catwomen Whip, Harley Quinn Spinsanity) 
2017 - (The Joker S&S)
2018 - (Harley Quinn Spinsanity)
2019 - (Lone Star Revolution)
This would be the 22nd position.

Holiday World (HW)
1946 - Park Opened Aug 3rd, 1946
2006 - (Bahari Wave Pool)
2007 - (Bakull & Turkey Whirl)
2008 - (Star Spangled Carousel)
2009 - 1,039,000 (+3.0%) (Pilgrims Plunge)
2010 - 1,200,000 (+14.0%) (Wildebeest)
2011 - (Safari Sam's Splashland)
2012 - (Mammoth & Sparkler)
2013 - (Hyena Falls)
2014 - (Mayflower)
2015 -
 (Thunderbird)
2016 - (Wooden Coaster Rehab, New Element)
2017 - (Firecracker Calypso Flat Ride, Voyage/Raven Re-Tracking)
2018 - (Kiddie Water Slides and Wave Pool, Voyage Re-Tracking)
2019 - (Santa's Merry Marketplace, revamp of Kringle's restaurant)
Anyone have the missing HW attendance figures?   I have HW and KK on this list to compare their attendance stats as KK comes back to life.              

Kentucky Kingdom (KK)
1987 - Park Opened May 23rd, 1987
1998 - 1,300,000 (Ed Hart Sells to Premier Parks)
2014 - 600,000 (Reopens under Ed Hart after 5 year closure, Lightning Racer)
2015 - 600,000 (T3, Cyclos, Enterprise, Water Attractions)
2016 - 800,000 (Storm Chaser)
2017 - 850,000 (Larson Looper, Thunder Run Rehab New Train)
2018 - (Scream Xtreme Zamperla Endeavour)
2019 - (Kentucky Flyer, The Gravity Group)
The goal of this park is to get back to 1 million visitors.    In a 2017 article, Ed Hart mentioned 600k visitors were local, while 250k visitors were from out of state, boosting the tourism and hospitality industry.    RMC conversion of Twisted Twins for 2016, In June of 2016 I went there and rode it.     This is the type of coaster that makes my bucket list.      Cedar Fair and Six Flags, you are not allowed to buy this park when the attendance reaches 1.3 million again, because either company will drive it into the ground.    I hope Ed Hart does not sell out this time.       Who is more important, a few greedy CEOs claiming they know what's best, or 1.3 million people who visit?  If you look at the fate of Geauga Lake in this article, you'll see the decisions made by a few CEOs are not always correct.   
http://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20140824/28153/lost-geauga-lake-how-worlds-largest-six-flags-disappeared

If anyone has the missing attendance figures for HW and the SF parks, please e-mail me.  

My roller coaster Bucket List is here:
Top USA Steel Coaster List

Let's look at SF V. CF and what they got for 2017, the other parent companies and parks are below. 
Six Flags
SFMM - Justice League Battle For Metropolis
SFNJ - Justice League Battle For Metropolis 
SFGAm - The Joker (S&S)
SFoT - The Joker (S&S)
SFoG - Justice League Battle For Metropolis
SFNE - The Joker (S&S)
SFFT - Thunder Rapids (Water Coaster)
SFDK - Wonder Woman (Giant Zamperela Discovery)
SFA - Wonder Woman (Star Flyer)
SFSTL - Spinsanity (Disk'O)
*SFGE - Bonazi Pipelines (Water Slide)

Cedar Fair
Cedar Point - Cedar Point Shores
Carowinds - County Fair (Electro Spin, Rock n' Roller, Zephyr, Do-Si-Do)
Kings Island - Mystic Timbers (GCI)
Kings Dominion - Planet Snoopy Expansion
Dorney Park - Dodgem (bumper cars) Kaleidoscope (Troika)
California's Great America - Vortex B&M Floorless Conversion (Patriot)
Knotts Berry Farm - Soak City Expansion, Sol Spin Top Scan, Ghost Town Alive
Worlds of Fun - Mustang Runner (Trioka) Falcon's Flight (Huss Condor)
Valley Fair - Northstar (Star Flyer)
Michigan's Adventure - Half Pint Paradise (Kiddie Water Park)

Let's look at SF V. CF for 2018 and the last major coaster (not carnival or kiddie).
Six Flags
SFMM - Crazanity (Giant Zamperela Discovery) (2015 - Twisted Colossus)
SFNJ -  Cyborg Cyber Spin (Tourbillon 3 Axis Flat Ride) (2006 - El Toro)
SFGAm -  Larson Looper (Flat Ride) (2014 - Goliath)
SFoT - Harley Quinn Spinsanity (Tourbillon 3 Axis Flat Ride) (2011 - New Texas Giant)
SFoGTwisted Cyclone (RMC) (2006 - Goliath)
SFNE -  Harley Quinn Spinsanity (Giant Zamperela Discovery) (2015 - Wicked Cyclone)
SFFT - Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster (RMC Raptor)  (2013 - Iron Rattler)
SFDK -  Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster (Skywarp Figure 8 Flat Ride) (2016 - The Joker)
SFA -  Wahoo River (Lazy River) (2000 - S:ROS)
SFSTL -  Typhoon Twister (Water Slide) (2008 - American Thunder)
*SFGE - Pandemonium (Chance Rides Freestyle Spinning Flat Ride) (1994 - Comet)

Cedar Fair
Cedar Point - Steel Vengeance (RMC) (2016 - Valravn)
Carowinds -  Camp Snoopy (Playground, 5 Kiddie Rides) (2015 - Fury325)
Kings Island -  New Diamond Back Seats (2017 - Mystic Timbers)
Kings Dominion - Twisted Timbers (RMC) (2010 - Intimidator 305)
Dorney Park -  Tidal Wave Café (Dorney Park Announced a Restaurant) (2005 - Hydra The Revenge)
California's Great AmericaRailblazer (RMC Raptor) (2013 - Gold Striker)
Knotts Berry Farm - Hangtime (Gerstlauer Carnival Coaster) (2004 - Silver Bullet)
Worlds of Fun -  Nordic Chaser (Mack SeaStorm Flat Ride) (2009 - Prowler)
Valley Fair - Delirious (Larson Looper Flat Ride) (2007 - Renegade)
Michigan's Adventure -  A Park Bench (1998 - Shivering Timbers)

Let's look at SF V. CF for 2019 and the last major coaster (not carnival or kiddie).
Six Flags
SFMMWest Coast Racers (Premier Quad Launch) (2015 - Twisted Colossus)
SFNJ -   Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth (Giant Zamperla Discovery) (2006 - El Toro)
SFGAmMaxx Force (S&S Air Launch) (2014 - Goliath)
SFoT -  Lone Star Revolution (Larson Looper) 2011 - New Texas Giant)
SFoG - Pandemonium (Giant Zamperla Discovery) (2018 - Twisted Cyclone)
SFNE -  DC Cyborg (Chance Freestyle Flat Ride) (2015 - Wicked Cyclone)
SFFT -  The Joker Wild Card (Giant Zamperla Discovery) (2018 - WWGLC)
SFDK -  Batman The Ride (S&S Free Spin) (2016 - The Joker)
SFDL -  Sky Screamer (Star Flyer) (1999 - Ride Of Steel)
SFAFirebird (B&M Floorless Conversion) (2000 - S:ROS)
SFSTL -  Supergirl (Zamperla Endeavour) (2008 - American Thunder)
*SFGE - Bucket Blasters (Water Ride) (1994 - Comet)

Cedar Fair
Cedar Point - Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island (???) (2018 - Steel Vengeance)
CarowindsCopperhead Strike (Mack Dual Launched)  (2015 - Fury325)
Kings Island - Antique Cars (2017 - Mystic Timbers)
Kings Dominion - ??? (2018 - Twisted Timbers)
Dorney Park -  ??? (2005 - Hydra The Revenge)
California's Great America - ??? (2018 - Railblazer)
Knotts Berry Farm - ??? (2018 - Hangtime)
Worlds of Fun -  Boathouse Grill (WoF announced a Restaurant) (2009 - Prowler)
Valley Fair - ??? (2007 - Renegade)
Michigan's Adventure -  A Park Bench (1998 - Shivering Timbers)

Disney
Magic Kingdom (2014 - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train)
Disneyland (2005 - Space Mountain)
Epcot
Animal Kingdom (2006 - Expeition Everest)
Hollywood Studios (1999 - Rock 'n' Roller Coaster)
California Adventure (2001 - California Screamin')

Universal
Universal Studios Florida (2004 - Revenge Of The Mummy)
Islands Of Adventure (1999 - Incredible Hulk)
Universal Studios Hollywood (2004 - Revenge Of The Mummy)

Sea World Entertainment
Sea World Orlando (2016 - Mako)
Busch Gardens Tampa (2011 - Cheetah Hut)
Sea World San Diego (2012 - Manta)
Busch Gardens Williamsburg (2017 - InvadR)
*Sea World San Antonio (2017 - Wavebreaker)

Hershey Park (2012 - Skyrush)

Herschend
Dollywood (2016 - Lightning Rod)
Silver Dollar City (2018 - Time Traveler)
*Wild Adventures (2001 - Cheetah)

Parques Reunidos
Kennywood (2019 - The Steel Curtain)
Lake Compounce (2000 - Boulder Dash)

Other
Holiday World (2015 - Thunderbird)
Kentucky Kingdom (2016 - Storm Chaser)
Buffalo Bills (1994 - Desperado)
Lagoon (2015 - Cannibal) * In the GTA listing
Knoebels (1999 - Twister)
Nickelodeon Universe (1992 - Pepsi Orange Streak)
Luna Park (1927 - Cyclone)
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (1924 - Giant Dipper)
Fun Spot America (Orlando)  Fun Spot America (Kissimmee) (2017 - Mine Blower)
*Waldameer (2008 - Ravine Flyer II)
*Mt. Olympus (2005 - Hades 360)
*Alabama Splash Adventure (1998 - Rampage)
*Conneaut Lake Park (1938 - Blue Streak)
*Quassy (2011 - Wooden Warrior)
*Beech Bend (2006 - Kentucky Rumbler)
*Silverwood (1999 - Tremors)
*ZDT's (2015 - Switchback)

59 parks in the USA.    I've been to 49.      Definately helps to have a Bucket List going.       I wish AECOM would list attendance figures for the top 50 USA parks instead of 20.  

If you visit these parks, you'll go on the best steel coasters on the planet.    You can complete "The List" for Steel or Wood USA by following the list below.    
Click each link for the RCDB page with more info, then back to return here.  

USA Robert's Park List USA

Cedar Point (9)
SFMM (6)
Hershey Park (4)
Dollywood (2)
Carowinds (3)
Busch Gardens Williamsburg (4)
SFNJ (4)
Sea World Orlando (3)
SFGAm (5)
Kings Island (2)
SFNE (3)
Busch Gardens Tampa  (4)
Kings Dominion (4)
SFoT (3)
Holiday World (1)
SFFT (2)
Kentucky Kingdom (2)
Kennywood (1)
Silver Dollar City (4)
Dorney Park (3)
SFoG (4)
Darien Lake (1)
Knotts Berry Farm (2)
California's Great America (1)
SFDK (2)
Worlds of Fun (2)
Valley Fair (1)
SFA (1)
California Adventure (1)
Animal Kingdom (1)
Buffalo Bills (1)
Lagoon (1)
Knoebels
Lake Compounce
Magic Kingdom
Disneyland
Epcot
Hollywood Studios
Sea World San Diego
*Sea World San Antonio (2)
SFSTL
Michigan's Adventure
Nickelodeon Universe
Luna Park
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Fun Spot America (Orlando)  Fun Spot America (Kissimmee)
*Wild Adventures
*Waldameer
*Mt. Olympus
*SFGE
*Conneaut Lake Park
*Quassy
*Beech Bend
*Silverwood
*ZDT's
*Alabama Splash Adventure

*  Parks I have not visited.    Number after each park is how many Steel Coasters are in my Bucket List.  

Speaking about In-Bev and the Busch Parks up above, do not drink In-Bev products (Budweiser, SAB Miller, Shock Top, Goose IPA).       Drink your local craft brews.     This is another example where the CEOs made a horrible decision to steal a company by using a hostile take over.     Sorry In-Bev, you are no longer American and that matters.       One CEO made a decision to take a family run company from the USA in a hostile take over and American's don't forget.   In-Bev is trying to have a monopoly by buying up the competetion.    But look at what they did to the Busch parks.   No more free beer samples, spun off the parks to Blackstone.    Please Boycott any In-Bev beer brands and buy your local IPAs.      I've compiled a good list, click each link to see the Beer Advocate web page, which is like the RCDB.   If you drink the beers below (in no particular order), you will be drinking some of the best beers on the planet.  

Stone Brewing Company Stone IPA 6.9%
Green Flash Palate Wrecker 9.5%
Victory Brewing Company Hop Devil IPA 6.7%
26 Degrees Brewing Company IPA1A 6.4%
Due South Cat 5 IPA 8.5%
Victory Brewing Company Dirt Wolf 8.7%
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA 7.0%
Lagunitas Brewing Company A little Sumpin 7.5%
Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai 7.5%
Dog Fish Head Brewery 90 Minute IPA 9.0%
Great Lakes Brewing Company Chillwave Double IPA 9.0%
Sam Adams Rebel Rouser 8.4%
Sweet Water IPA 6.3%
The Brew Kettle Valravn 5.75%

In-Bev Beers to Boycott.
http://www.businessinsider.com/craft-brewers-boycott-brands-acquired-by-anheuser-busch-2017-5/#1-goose-island-1
Budweiser
Busch
Michelob
Natural Light
Becks
Corona
Modelo
Leffe
St. Pauli Girl
Hoegaarden
SAB Miller (Fosters, Miller Genuine Draft)
Labatt
Rolling Rock
Stella Artois
Shocktop
Goose Island
Terrapin (Molson)
Breckenridge Brewing
Elysian
Wicked Weed

The latest trick by In-Bev is to buy these companies without anyone knowing.   The web site of each company has no mention of In-Bev.    The owners claim it's to reach more people.   But the word eventually gets out and there are news reports of the owners selling out to the dark side.      Too bad.   To each one of these companies that sold out, you are no longer craft beer.    You are part of a foreign company that no longer cares about the "craft" but only about "profits."   In fact, if you read reports about Goose IPA, you'll find it is no longer brewed locally, but in a national facility, where they have changed the formula (use less ingredients).      You sold out, you lost, end of story.        

Many of the In-Bev brands I've just listed are still sold in the "craft" section of the beer isle.   I think they should be moved to the "Budweiser" section where no one buys that crap and they get less shelf space.    It's no longer a "craft" beer but a foreign brand that is NOT AMERICAN.      The In-Bev brands are crap and I won't buy them.    They usually have 5% or less ABV, and their scores on Beer Advocate are poor.  It's funny to read the reviews on the BA site.     Pay the extra money and support your local American breweries.    

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